BTEC National Extended Certificate in Art & Design: Graphics

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KN13
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of Graphics. Students develop a broad range of Graphic Design work and gain an understanding of the creative process.  This course has been designed for Post 16 Graphics students who enjoy learning new techniques and want to develop key skills required in the Graphic Design industry.  It will prepare candidates to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in a broad range of Graphics based subjects, and ultimately to pursue a career in the creative industries. 

Graphic Design is essentially about visual communication. It is all around us and we can see evidence of Graphic Designers’ work in advertising, magazines, books, packaging, websites, and anywhere a message, an idea or an emotion needs to be conveyed with text and image. 

This course enables students to reflect on the work of artists and designers and to learn about the professional practices relevant to this specialism. Students will learn how to respond to a brief, and to work with a target audience in mind, encouraging them to problem solve and think critically about their work. 


Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication

Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design 

Unit 3: The Creative Process 

Unit 4: Graphic Materials, Techniques and Processes 

How will it be delivered?

This is a two year course comprised of externally and internally assessed units. There are no timed examinations, and assessment is 100% coursework based.  

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.

Your next steps...

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Future courses & possible careers:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design 
  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication 
  • BA (Hons) Advertising 
  • Graphic Design Apprenticeship 
  • Advertising Art Director 
  • VFX Artist 
  • Production Designer 
  • Creative Director